Winterizing is often used when your boat is left inactive for several months at a time, no matter the season. Your inboard/outboard boat, pontoon, houseboat or personal watercraft should be professionally winterized and stored to prevent the high cost of damages later during these unforeseen ‘bumps in the road’.
Life happens and sometimes circumstances can change on a dime – often times without warning. Unexpected career moves leaving less recreational time, health or financial changes, or maybe even a new addition to the family that requires your constant attention.
Boats are a large recreational undertaking, so protect your investment and don’t procrastinate. Contact our service center on Possum Kingdom Lake to schedule your boat winterizing before the rush begins or the weather becomes inclement. Why risk it? If you lack the tools or knowledge to properly winterize boat components, give us a call. We will be happy to take care of your prized possession for you.
Is it important to winterize your boat in Texas, even if it’s not that cold?
It’s a common misconception to winterize a boat in Texas is a waste of time – even its it not very cold. But then again, many boaters misunderstand the full purpose of winterization in that it’s not solely intended for freezing temperatures. While it’s true Texas boat winterization protects your watercraft from damages that can occur during an unexpected freeze and thaw of waterways, but also from the surrounding atmosphere, it’s corrosion within the environment and damaging storms. Whether your boat is in dry storage or a wet slip – boat winterizing service imperative.
How long does boat winterization last?
Ideally, one year. But many a boater have pushed it to two years or more. Keep in mind when winterizing your boat for more than a year, you will need to take special care to check rubber parts and components for dry rot like hoses, impellers, engine primer bulbs and belts. Additionally, you might want to give serious consideration to spraying the appropriate lube spray on working metal parts and purging your gas tank to refill with fresh gas. A fresh oil change and close inspection of the hull would also be strongly encouraged.
If your boat has been in shrink wrap, we would recommend unwrapping it to prevent smelly mildew within the boat’s interior. Consider making yourself a service checklist to systematically inspect other critical areas like your motor, generator, fluid levels, heater, ignition starting systems, and bilge pumps.
When is the best time to get boat winterization done?
At the end of boating season between the months of September and October is boat winterization time – as unsuspected cold snaps and wicked storms have been known to raise their ugly heads in the beginning of November. We say September candidly because there are always last minute boaters attempting to winterize their boats at the last minute. And let’s not forget to winterize jet ski boat! The personal watercraft need some TLC to keep them purring like a kitten.